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Chickenpox- difficult question for health experts!
It is still around all the time but the seasonal peaks in late autumn/winter/early spring are caused by the number of people in enclosed spaces. You just don't hear about the off-peak cases as much because they are more isolated in number and location.
It went round DS's nursery during the summer. I didn't send him to a party the first Saturday in August because the girl had it and I was worried about baby DD getting it. DS ended up with it mid September and DD early October. It was the same outbreak. He went to a party at the beginning of September where the little boy had it. DS was actually incubating it when he had op for grommets and adenoidectomy.